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Trees & Shrubs For Heavy Clay

A range of trees and shrubs will be quite happy on heavy clay soils; in fact many will positively flourish on heavy clay soils and could actually help dry and improve wet clay soils in the long term prior to future planting.

It is also sensible to stake and tie trees securely and always dig in plenty of compost and fertilizer into the planting pit to give the young plant a good start.

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Latin &
Common Name
EarmarkType & FormFlowers & Foliage
Abelia X grandiflora - AbeliaAbelia X grandiflora

Shrub, Ground cover, Rounded - BushNon-flowering
Magnolia x soulangeana - Lily TreeMagnolia x soulangeana

Lily Tree
Tree, Shrub, Rounded - TreeDark pink flowers (Spring)
Pyracantha coccinea - Jaune - FirethornPyracantha coccinea


Shrub, Ground cover, Rounded - BushWhite flowers (Summer early)
Rubus cockburnianusRubus cockburnianus Shrub, Ground cover, Rounded - BushNon-flowering
Syringa vulgaris - Madame Lemoine - LilacSyringa vulgaris

'Madame Lemoine'

Shrub, Rounded - BushWhite flowers (Summer, scented)
Viburnum lanata - Way faring TreeViburnum lanata

Way faring Tree
Shrub, Hedging & Screening, EllipticalWhite flowers (Summer)
Viburnum tinusViburnum tinus Shrub, Hedging & Screening, Container-friendly, Rounded - BushWhite flowers (Winter, scented)
Rubus - Betty AshburnerRubus

Betty Ashburner
Shrub, Ground cover, Rounded - BushNon-flowering
Syringa pubescens - Superba - LilacSyringa pubescens


Shrub, Rounded - Bush flowers (Summer, scented)
Abelia grandiflora - Goldsport - AbeliaAbelia grandiflora


Shrub, Rounded - BushNon-flowering

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